524 posts • joined 19 Aug 2009
Re: Eroding end user choice and control
" the simple fact is lots are still choosing Microsoft products"
That's why they call it a monopoly, because Apple is the only competition. There are just no apps for your cell phone, unless it's on Windows 10.
"but we simply cannot afford to continue living in the dark ages," said chief digital and information officer Richard Corbridge.
If fax machines are dangerous, then what about the danger of hospitals not being able to share information?
Presumably, the fax machines being but small fry, Britain simply cannot afford public health care anymore. Is that because all the money they spend on IT?
I vote for manager / engineer
Now it's time to make the Holy Bible Politically Correct.
Re: Nobody cares
All I want for Christmas is a watch so fast that it runs 25 hours in just one day.
Programmers don't want to earn salaries
Apart from maybe Microsoft, nobody seems to be making any money from selling software these days. Such software as you could buy consequently is half-finished.
In order to finish, companies need to sell support in order to feed their programmers and to get the software 90 % finished by the time it is replaced by the next version.
Without support, all yyou have is lots of dubious repositories of free (as in free beer) source code. which takes to years to turn into something workable. You shoyld support costs to the personnell costs of doing it in house.
Re: Nice, but...
A real SCSI or SAS disc offers decent speed, reliability and longevity. Desktiop drives are so slow and unreliable they are likely to wear out before the user had a chance to fill them. In the year 2000 we had 15.000 RPM drives, so something spinning at 7200 RPM is consumer grade.
Re: Should be considered implementation detail
If VoiP is no longer a telephone service, dus that mean that governments no longer have legal means to intercept or copy VoIP calls of pedophiles, drug lords or terrorists?
Re: I detest that
There is no such thing as an extension in Linux or Unix, only filename suffixes If you tell the OS to execute some file, it will check your permissions and then its magic number and if none matches, pass it to a shell to run as as script. File names with '/' or '\0' characters in them are asking for trouble.
URLs could be shortened to just the IP address, port number and inode number. But then, how much do a few extra bytes cost in UK currency?
Neutron star crash in a galaxy far, far... far away spews 'faster than light' radio signal jets at Earth
Radio makes waves
"Don't radio waves always move at the speed of light?" .
I hear that BBC Radio sometimes moves a little behind the times.
Re: Hope it's true
"According to Einstein's laws, something travelling at the speed of light causes multiple divide by zero errors. "
Now why didn't they teach us Einstein in Computer Science class. I always wondered where the errors came from.
Gravity waves travelled at the speed of light for 130 milliion years for earthlings to measure them in 2017. If radio waves emitted by the same cataclysm travelled faster than light, they must have arrived well before that.
anywhere the wind blows
I guess I will skip this release and wait for the better sounding Windows 2020.
Re: in Amsterdam no one needs a car.
The famous 'Tulips from Amsterdam' grown outside the city, just like the 'Amsterdam onions', but some the 'weed' you buy in the coffee shops grows in town, and the Amstel Beer brewerly is open to tourists, but the actual beer is made elsewhere, and the 'Hollandish new' herring don't swim in the canals nor the IJ, but the red light district is still popular with British tourists.
If you want to work in IT in the Netherlands, you go to Eindhoven and vicinity. (Amsterdam has an airport and some banks; The Hague has a few companies working for government; Utrecht has the national railways, Rotterdam has the harbour, the rest has agro-industry; Limburg is the best place to live). Eindhoven is over an hour by car from Amsterdam or Schiphol. Cheaper to live, best soccer team in the land, enough bars in the Stratumseind or Wilhelminaplein. Good Internet connectivity and you can still drive a car.
(P.S. not all Dutchmen look exactly like the guy in the picture)
Re: Any Reg readers living in Amsterdam right now?
0) Presumably yes, but not me.
1) the housing market in Amsterdam is overheated. Suitable only for really rich foreigners. You can always find a park bench to sleep on. The rest of the country has cheaper housing.
2) in some IT companies, English or America English is the official language. On the stree, the spoken language depends on the neighbourhood: yiddish is rare, turkish and berber are common, spanish and polish less so. Outside the cities, Dutch is still the spoken language; Frisian less so. However, most Dutch people learn a bit of English in school. (this should change after Brexit)
3) contracts for buying a home are mostly in Dutch; in Frisian-speaking areas they will be bilingual.
4) the same thing goes for work contracts
5) I've never been to Dublin, but I hear they use the Euro too. For a single IT-person, you should be able to live modestly off 50.000 Euros per annum, being the average salary.
Re: It's about time
The Netscape browser can trace its ancestry back to Mosaic as well. Gecko was the renderer in the Netscape 5.0 browser, and later in Mozilla. That suggests that the rest of the old Netscape browser was still in use, so there just may be some Mosaic code left in FIrefox.....
...but when will tthe FIrefox developers have time to fix the decade-or-more old bugs?
Apple dropped out of the server and workstation business, HP dropped it's PCs, printers and calculators, and now apparently its cheap web servers, not to mention PA-RISC and Itanic. So what is left? Tandem Non-Stop? Supercomputing? MRAM chips?
Alll I want for X-mas this year...
is the new Holodeck from Apple
Re: It's all bad
Richrard M. Stallman is a hacker; what the bourgeois calls hackers are cybercriminals; never mind the virtual colour of their hats.
Windows '95 = cybercrime
"W95 probably still does 90% of what most users need"
90 % of users don't need a computer, but they need food & drink, clothing, shelter, transportation, heating & lighting, health care, protection from evil (put them in prison), forgiveness for their sins & salvation for their souls, entertainment, education, but love they need most.
You could use Windows '95 for heating; what else? Mostly it crashes regularlty, thereby losing your unsaved files. It has no security whatsoever. it promotes the spreading of virii and other malware. If you need software for it, go looking for the old MS-DOS shareware archives. Furthermore it costs a lot in licensing fees, but your money goes to the Bill & Linda Gates Foundation, which people believe does good things. Then it's mouse causes RSI. On a good day, Windows PCs just waste hours of productivity. Windows '95 does what only Wall Street investors seem to need.
23 Years old? Is that too late to sue for the damage of WIndows '95 to the people and the economy?
Tates will provide
Microsoft sell that greatest number of licenses and in some cases for high prices. Customer retention is the key, not price/quality. What we would want to know is how much that software increased or decreaed worker productivity.
The future is in the clouds! Buy British Airways.
Once upon a time I went to London and visited the Science Museum. They had a great many legacy technology on display, including Sptifire and Hurricane fighters, which makes me wonder if all those exhibits still enjoy regular support and maintenance from their original factories.
Re: Now seems like the perfect time...
Standardisation would be good. It will help major vendors craft other implementations. Who likes a family of incompatible languages like the Algols, the Javas and C# family?
The name Guido appears not to mean 'guide', but related to the French name 'Guy' and the Latin name 'Vitus', and derive from old Germanic 'wid' meaning wood or forest.
Buy your Linux from Microsoft.
Re: I have a big question
Cygwin has been running X11 GUI applications on Windows for many years. Even Apple supports X11.
Re: Remind me again......
I guess it's time for 'Everywoman Desktop', that would be a new OS that allows you to run more Linux distributions in separate Docker containers simultaneously and quickly switch between them. Anything that Redmond can do, GNU can do better.
Re: To later
You would have to design British connectors that don't look lke USB. A pentagonal shape like the Englsh rose would be a good start - you can make it rose-coloured too - and you need a new name, such as BSU (Bidirectional Socket of the UK).
Re: EU Standard plug
The solution is obviously for the UK to unplug from the EU and maybe mandate US standards.
"It's up to the commercial end of the industry to agree on easy to understand labels, and the regional bureaucratic blocks (like the EU) to enforce them. So Apple would certify that its plug and cable support 'Blue speeds', for example. Wouldn't that be handy?"
Industry is like the free market: it can only work successfully under severe and expensive government regulation and oversight. It's like Microsoft or Intel: it creates pseudostandards like Win32 or PCI at best'.
FIrstly, try the good old ICMP echo a.k.a. 'ping' API. If the remote server does not respond, there may be an outage. If that is not sophisticated enough for you, SNMP is your friend.
Secondly, these banks have APIs for interbank payments and customer transactions. You only have to create an automated system that tries to make bank transactions on-line. If thers fail, you may be looking at an outage.
AI is exploding
What will Intel do? Make brooms and shovels to clean up the rubble?
Wait, did you hear that? That rumbling in the distance? Sounds like... a 16-socket IBM Power9 box shuffling this way
640 TB of memory should be enough for anybody
Re: I think I lack computer skills to do my job well
I am proud to lack certain computer skills, such as proficiency with Microsoft Office.
Most of the time, I think my skills are sufficient for a reasonably good result, but the available time is ever lacking.
Re: Ah, but
It's consumer technology, so it's supposed to be cheaper (for the manufacturer), without becoming less simple or blatantly slower, worse or unreliable.
Re: some striking logos along the way
"The Apple II was dreadful and a success mostly due to Visicalc."
The Apple ][ had its problems, but the MacIntosh was really dreadful. .... if Gates had intended us to use a mouse, He would have given us three hands.
Windows NT took so long to build because Gates insisted on compatibility with MS-DOS, MS-Windows and (16-bit) OS/2. Compared to MS-Windows it was stable and performed half decent if you had lots of RAM. I once ran, err crawled ran NT 3.51 and Exchange server in 16 MB.
MS-Windows 4.00 was usuallly packaged with MS-DOS 7.00 and sold as Windows '95. That crap was hastily launched as 32-bit OS/2 started to gobble up MS Windows market share and NT had too high hardware requirements for the unwashed masses until the Home Edition of NT 5.1, a.k.a. XP, not to mention the selling price. It took Redmond until 2000 to create a usable server edition. Compared to Unix it still lacks (pseudo)-terminal support.
Funny how NT 4.00 complained about the presence of a disc in the CD-ROM drive when it was labeled C:, but not when after renaming it to H:.
A free database
A free database from Oracle? Do you mean MySQL?
So ReactOS and LibreOffice look more like Windows and MS Office than the current Microsoft crop of crap.
Re: We can watch if from the UK
So long Brittannia, farewell ARM, goodbye INMOS.
But the EUil Empire still has Signetics (part of NXP), with their old 2650 microprocessor, the NE555 chip and WOM chips (write-only memory). After 60 years of promotion by the Common Market, the European IT industry still cannot compete, not even on its home turf.
Not since 1981
Our economy was in a sorry state already: Industry, mining, and agriculture were all but bankrupt en unemployment soared. Then IBM with Intel and Microsoft introduced the PC - it's called the era of digital transformation now. Instead of boosting the productiviity of typists compared to IBM typewriters, the PC undermined it. A disaster became total when Apple and Microsoft introduced Windows. Within a decade the old industrial zones had been replaced by high-rise office blocks. All tthese office workers added to corporate and government costs without contributing to useful production.
The popular press that used to like XP, vomited vitriol onto Vista, only to like to Windows 7, then to cast scorn on 8, so as to praise 10 again. But nobody seems to have found any differences between them except for the version numbers.
The problem is that if you buy a PC that's certified for Windows 10 and a software suite that requuires Windows 10, you won't know which version of Windows 10 these might work with.
Without meetings there would be no cooperation nor organisation.
A an hour spent in front of the PC is an hour wasted on administratrivia. Microsoft has been a productivity black hole since 1981.
I secured Windows NT
I once crashed Windows '95 by starting a small visual basic app,then starting up a second instancee, third, etc, until Redmond decided that 56 running programs was the limit. I then tried to log out to stop all the instances without having to click them all separately. This was enough to crash Windows '95. Later I crashed an old NT server by firing ping packets at it without the customary 1 second delay and in other ways.
More interesting was when I upgraded a PC of the local student union from Windows '98 to NT 4.0. This worked until I looked at the registry settings and noticed that mostly any logged in user could change any setting, so I tried to secure it, but I went a little further than intended. Now nobody had access - even Administrator and System. NT could not boot without registry access. The usual trick of trying to upgrade Windows (to the same version as it was running) also failed without registry access. Only reformatting the disc helped.
Once upon a time the physics department terminated my computer and relegated me to a noisy room with a desk and a PC equipped with only one wordprocessor (ChiWriter, an abomination).
I was able to secure the PC with a few commands in the autoexec.bat file
The first two insured that onlookers were not shown what was going on, the last one parked the hard drive and halted the processor (the latter act was non-standard). I would switch on the computer and terminate the batch job with <CTRL-C>, and run a different batch file to start the word processor. The rest of the department thought the box was broken, since <CTRL-ALT-DEL> would not reboot it. (security by obscurity was effective in this case)
Apple’s enterprise business
"Apple’s B2B division in the UK and Ireland is run by enterprise director Matt Key. The new hire will report to him. He has been in situ for less than a year.".
That makes their regional B2B division cost 2 salaries, while raising almost 0 income. Understandably they wish to grow.
"The people here at Apple don’t just create products"
Once upton a time Steve Wozniak used to create products, but the Products division is shrinking these days.
The EU is a dream
Far more easy to do it with Dutch hardware... A joint venture of NXP Semiconductors, Tulip, Philips-Electrologica, KPN Research and TNO could succeed given three decades and TeraBucks in subsidies... make tiny nation rule the waves again.
We would of course be up against the likes of Siemens-Nixdorf, Bosch, ICL, Inmos, ARM, Acorn, Bull, Olivetti, Norsk Data and Nokia and fail to sell outside the Low Countries. Soon South America will overtake Europe.
Re: Missed the obvious one
Megasoft. (what could be more obvious?) Or Visual AppStore.
Everybody just lurves new Windows windows!
Has Redmond decides on price yet?
Re: international cyber-force
If left up the Eurocrats, it will turn into an expensive cyber-farce.
Why can't the member states gather their own team of experts and cooperate with their neighbours?
Not so long ago, a high number of U.S. companies went bankrupt. so the percentage of start-ups was high, with gigantic financial and social cost, But now the economy is stabilising, so the age of the average company is rising..... until Trump makes America go into a great recession again.
Simply the worst Windows I ever used, and I used Windows ME.
Did those responsible for vast economical damage and many lost lives ever face a court of law?
Re: What measure of 'drink' did these Americans use?
If you mean the Unites States, they measure milk in gallons. South-America uses litres.
On the contrary. If you consume 4 alcoholic drinks per day, the chance that you will eventually die (from cancer, mortality or whatever) becomes a whopping 1.00, or 100 % certainty.
But then, drinking no liquieds at all may kill you faster.